Publication Date

December 1, 1998

Perspectives Section


EHA Meets at Durham

The 58th annual meeting of the Economic History Association was held on September 25–27 at the Washington Duke Inn in Durham, North Carolina. Alongside 13 sessions with papers ranging from Roman Palestine to postwar Japan, there were also a number of awards. The Allen Nevins Prize for the Best Dissertation in U.S. or Canadian economic history went to William J. Collins; the Alexander Gerschenkron Prize for the best dissertation outside U.S. or Canadian economic history was given to Hal E. Hansen. The award for excellence in teaching economic history, the Jonathan Hughes Prize, was bestowed upon Robert E. Gallman. Along with his coauthors Lance E. Davis and Karin Gleiter, Gallman also shared the Alice Hanson Jones Biennial Prize, which is awarded every other year for the outstanding book on North American economic history. Finally, Kevin O’Rourke received the Arthur H. Cole Prize for the best article published in the Journal of Economic History.

Abstracts of papers presented at the meeting are available at

The next meeting of the association will take place on October 8–10, 1999, in Baltimore, Maryland. The meeting’s theme will be shocks that have struck economies in the past, such as natural disasters, wars, epidemics, famines, and deliberate policies of shock therapy. What are the effects of such shocks? And how do institutions, ideologies, technologies, and markets determine how shocks are absorbed or deflected? Historians interested in attending or submitting a paper are urged to visit the EHA web site (; proposals for papers should be sent to the chair of the program committee, Rick Steckel, Department of Economics, Ohio State University (

The Immigration History Society Acquires New Name

The Immigration History Society has formally changed its name to the Immigration and Ethnic History Society. This change signifies the society’s desire to reach out to scholars from all disciplines who are concerned with migration and ethnicity across the broad sweep of North American history.

At its 1998 dinner the society announced the winners of its annual book and dissertation research awards:

1997 Theodore Saloutos Memorial Book Award in American Immigration History to Jon Gjerde (Univ. of California at Berkeley) for The Minds of the West: Ethnocultural Evolution in the Rural Middle West, 1830–1917 (Univ. of North Carolina Press).

1998 George E. Pozzetta Dissertation Research Award to Richard Sukjoo Kim (Univ. of Michigan) for “The Dialectics of Nationalism and Ethnicity: Korean Immigration to the United States and Transnational Politics, 1882–1945.”

The society also announces its competitions for 1998–99:

1998 Theodore Saloutos Memorial Book Award in American Immigration History. Direct inquiries to the committee chair: Reed Ueda, History Department, Tufts University, Medford, MA 02155.

1999 George E. Pozzetta Dissertation Research Award. Direct inquiries to the committee chair: Josh DeWind, Social Science Research Council, 810 7th Ave., New York, NY 10019.

PHS Prize: Nominations Invited

The Peace History Society invites submissions for the Charles DeBenedetti Prize in Peace History, to be given to the author or authors of an outstanding journal article published in English in 1997 or 1998. Articles may focus on the history of peace movements, the response of individuals to peace and war issues, the relationship between peace and other reform movements, gender issues in warfare and peacemaking, comparative analyses, and quantitative studies. The prize includes a cash award of $500. Submission deadline is February 1, 1999. Articles should be submitted in triplicate to Susan Zeiger, Chair, PHS Prize Committee, Regis College, 235 Wellesley St., Weston, MA 02193.

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